Alocasia macrorrhizos (L.) G.Don, Hort. Brit. ed. 3: 631 1839. (Syn: Alocasia cordifolia (Bory) Cordem.; Alocasia grandis N.E.Br. [Illegitimate];  Alocasia marginata N.E.Br.; Alocasia pallida K.Koch & C.D.Bouché; Alocasia plumbea Van Houtte; Alocasia rapiformis (Roxb.) Schott;  Arum cordifolium Bory; Arum macrorrhizon L.;  Arum mucronatum Lam.; Arum peregrinum L.; Arum rapiforme Roxb.; Caladium indicum K.Koch [Invalid]; Caladium macrorrhizon (L.) R.Br.; Caladium metallicum Engl.; Caladium plumbeum K.Koch [Invalid]; Calla badian Blanco; Calla maxima Blanco; Colocasia boryi Kunth; Colocasia macrorrhizos (L.) Schott; Colocasia mucronata (Lam.) Kunth; Colocasia peregrina (L.) Raf.; Colocasia rapiformis (Roxb.) Kunth; Philodendron peregrinum (L.) Kunth; Philodendron punctatum Kunth) as per POWO;
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Giant Taro, Elephant Ear Taro;
Perennial herb with huge deeply cordate to nearly sagittate leaves with prominent veins and green spathe, yellowish inside, spadix pale yellow slightly shorter than spathe, much shorter than leaves.


Request for ID : 150111 : AK-1: Taken at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on the 17th of November, 2010.


Plant Identification Request 20111007:  I clicked a pic of this plant with these very large leaves, with each leaf
being at least 2 feet broad and 2.5 feet long. The height of the plant was well above 8 feet. The petiole was also quite thick.
It was growing in IIT Bombay. Could you please let me know what plant it could be?

This may be one of the cultivars of Alocasia macrorrhizos.

I agree with … that this could be a cultivar of Alocasia macrorrhizos

Hooghly Today : Alocasia indica Schott: This seems to be the Alocasia indica Schott of “Bengal Plants“, recorded today. I tried to find its current accepted name, but confused :-

This is edible arum and a good number of people likes it. But unlike what had been recorded in “Bengal Plants“, these days, it is not cultivated locally. It grows on its own, with scattered distribution all over Hooghly and locally known as MAN-KOCHU. Some people collect it from rural natural habitat to satisfy urban palates.

You may like to find the details of various Alocasia described in F. I. –


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Araceae- Alocasia macrorrhizos from Delhi-GSAUG08 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3). Alocasia macrorrhizos (L.) G. Don
Giant alocasia, Giant Taro
Perennial herb with huge deeply cordate to nearly sagittate leaves with prominent veins and green spathe, yellowish inside, spadix pale yellow slightly shorter than spathe, much shorter than leaves.
Photographed from Herbal Garden, New Delhi


Both ‘Bengal Plants’ and ‘Botany of Bihar & Orissa’ treat A. indica Schott and A. macrorrhiza Schott are two different species!
My earlier uploads –
Seen at a plant nursery in Nasik. Common name Variegated Upright Elephant Ear.


This defies FoC’s description of the genus, “appendix conic to cylindric, with irregular, labyrinthine network of fissures.”
Sorry, … for misleading many times that Alocasia must have appendix as described in FoC.

This species is photographed today, and my first record of flowers of this species whatever the taxon might turn out!

efi page on Alocasia macrorrhizos (syn: Arum indicum Lour.) 

Thanks …, the question perhaps is not the validation of the id but if it can be synonymous with the A. macrorrhizos (L.) G. Don. (i know what TPL or FoC or Tropicos or GRIN thinks).

If we could receive view of … on this species……

I can’t reply with photos just now (not at my office until next week) but I think some photos of Alocasia macrorrhizos in the Philippines will be useful for you to see.  Hay suggested several years ago that A. indica is synonymous with A. macrorrhizos, and I think this is very likely to be true.

Attachments (1)- The genus Alocasia in Australasia.pdf

Many thanks to … for his view and the document on Australasian Alocasia. The shared doc informs appendix of Alocasia can be smooth to sulcate to synandrodial to staminodial. The same doc informs in Alocasia macrorrhizos (L.) G. Don appendix is staminodial.

Now, what is staminodial appendix? I search and find one – (source Attached here cropped original picture of part of the appendix of this specimen. I am not sure if this appendix can be called “staminodial”.

A KEW description tells me that appendix of A. m. has irregular furrows. Again I fail to apprehend (1) how these furrows are different from the description of the appendix above (2) if my specimen features those furrows.
On the other hand FoC illustration shows different kind of appendix of A. m.
Is appendix of A. m. variable, specially when it is cultivated? Develops regional variability? In feature, in length?

Attachments (1)

Like Flora of China, appendix of A. macrorrhizos had also been clearly illustrated in literature below –

But, appendix in my species differs.

My concern is that should we ignore this difference assuming that other characters tally with A. macrorrhizos?


Id of an Aroid : 22 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1) – 5 mb.

Submitting a photo of a cultivated aroid for id. The photo was taken in September, 2019 in Coimbatore.

Could be Colocasia esculenta,


Attaching another close up snap of inflorescence. Request for id.

Attachments (1) – 2 mb.

Alocasia macrorrhizos ??

Pl. post the habit image showing the whole plant and leaves.

There can be many possibilities.


Thank you … I am posting the habit picture.

Attachments (1) – 6 mb.

A kind of Alocasia

Being cultivated, let us keep it as Alocasia only.


If I am not mistaken this is Alocasia plumbea. I send you my picture.

Attachments (1) – 618 kb.

Thank you … for ID validation.

By the way this is the syn of Alocasia macrorrhizos !

Ok. Thank you very much … It is a useful information.


Thank you … This is very useful for me. I forgot to check it in  I am afraid this a similar case to C.frutescens which is regarded as the synonym of C. annuum. However based on morphological & other characteristics finally it is placed as C. frutescens. Your information is very-very useful to me. I become curious with both Alocasia, there are splitter and lumper taxonomists. Thank you.


Chaul, Alibag– 15 Oct.2009; ID151009PHK 1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


13May2021 : surajit : Alocasia:
Please note –

  1. Alocasia montana (Roxb.) Schott – POWO
  2. Alocasia indica (Lour.) Spach – POWO



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